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Your chance to win a work placement within the Penguin Random House Design Studios as well as £1,000 in prize money

Due to the impact of the current coronavirus outbreak the terms and conditions of this competition have changed. Please see the amended terms and conditions.

The Penguin Random House Student Design Award is an opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in design to experience real book cover design briefs first-hand.

The competition is open to anyone studying on a Further Education or Higher Education course (part time or full time) in any subject and at any level at the time of the deadline for entries (Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 2.00pm).

Entrants must be aged 18 or over by 1 July 2020. The competition is not open to graphic design professionals. Entrants must be available to take up the 4-week work placement if they win the first prize. See the Terms and Conditions for full details of entry requirements.

To enter, select the category/s you would like to submit an entry for, read the briefs and get designing!

Students may enter a maximum of one design in each of the three categories.

All entries must be submitted digitally via our submissions form which will be open for entries on Wednesday 4 December 2019.

Student Design Award 2020 categories

Important dates

Closing date for entries – 2.00pm on Tuesday 3 March 2020

Shortlist announcement – Wednesday 24 June 2020

Closing date for shortlisted student’s final submissions – Wednesday 8 July 2020

Winners announced – Tuesday 22 September 2020

A letter from Tom Weldon, Penguin Random House CEO

Standout cover design is an integral part of the success of a book and Penguin Random House has created thousands of iconic book covers throughout the years. The vital role of illustrators and designers in the production of some of the world's best-loved adult and children's books has created and defined the identity of our UK publishing lists.

We value creativity and design incredibly highly, and started the Penguin Random House Student Design Award twelve years ago to encourage the next generation of designers to use their amazing talents to help us tell our authors' stories.

I am always impressed with the quality of submissions and I look forward to seeing what this year’s talent has to offer.  


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"I think as an illustrator, I often feel stuck in this middle ground between creating work that is very representational or figurative, versus work that is more graphic and design-led, and I felt like this project has really helped me work out how to navigate and combine both of those approaches."

- Harry Woodgate, Student Design Award Alumni